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Forbes regards them as “revolutionaries” and ten of the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 are Cornellians. These alumni represent several industries, ranging from entrepreneurship within the African continent to developing robotic fabrics, cryptocurrency lending and more. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity. Hear about the whys behind their visions, the grit it takes to succeed, and what’s next for these list-makers!
Nikita Gupta, recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 and Halcyon Fellow, is the co-founder & CTO of Symba, an all-female founded social impact tech startup. Symba gives companies access to the best talent around the world through remote internships and helps them manage the entire experience.
Nikita Gupta is an entrepreneur with a degree in Computer Science and engineering from Cornell University. At Cornell, she launched Girls Who Code in Ithaca, NY and was heavily involved with Women in Computing. She has previously worked with Apple Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and a few startups as a software engineer.
Originally from NJ and India, Nikita is currently residing in San Francisco. In her spare time, she can be found cooking (nikitaskitchen.com), dancing, or scuba diving.
Ahmed Elsamadisi is familiar with the rise-and-fall-and-rise nature of startups. After launching Narrator — a database analysis software company — the Egypt-born entrepreneur was forced to lay off half of his eight-person team when the product failed to take off. But after some rethinking and reworking, the company found success at Y Combinator and has since raised $7.4 million.
Flori is the Co-Founder and SVP of Operations of BlockFi, a crypto-financial services company she founded in 2017 with Zac Prince. Today, BlockFi has $6B+ in AUM, 150K+ users worldwide and 400+ employees across 6 main global offices. At BlockFi, Flori manages Operations, Client Service and HR. Flori has spent her career managing alternative lending products, where she helped build, scale and optimize a $125M portfolio for Bond Street (acquired by Goldman Sachs). Prior to Bond Street, Flori helped develop and maintain institutional partnerships at Oak Hill Advisors, a $30B fixed income asset manager.
AJ is Managing Partner at Golden Palm Investments, a venture capital firm investing in technology businesses that transform communities across West and East Africa. A first-generation American of Nigerian descent, AJ backs founders innovating within financial technology, supply chain technology, and digital health. AJ graduated from Cornell's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in 2014, was a Cornerback on the Varsity Football team, and is currently completing a dual MBA/ MPA at Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School.
Vanessa Sanchez '16 is a PhD candidate at Harvard University working to make clothing smarter through materials science. Specifically, she researches robotic textiles: fabrics that sense the wearer and their surrounding environment and respond accordingly for use in assistive garments.
Jay was born on the East Coast and grew up in Rutland, VT. A Cornell ChemE from freshman year, he graduated from what is now the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2014 and followed his passion for cleantech and the outdoors to Stanford University where he received a PhD in chemical engineering and met the other co-founders of Nitricity. With Nitricity, he is working to make a more sustainable fertilizer using only air, water, and renewable electricity.